At­lanta dat­ing ser­vice gives gay, bi­sex­ual men a ‘Bet­ter Way To Meet’

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By DAR­IAN AARON daaron@the­gavoice.com

At­lanta is a gay man’s par­adise. There is an abun­dance of beau­ti­ful, suc­cess­ful and in­tel­li­gent men in the city. And if con­ver­sa­tions had over brunch and on dat­ing apps are any in­di­ca­tion, there’s no short­age of At­lanta gay men who are in search of a mean­ing­ful con­nec­tion or have given up on the dat­ing scene en­tirely to em­brace life­long bach­e­lor­hood. If you un­will­ingly fit into the lat­ter cat­e­gory it will be­hoove you to check out the At­lanta match­mak­ing ser­vice, “Bet­ter Way To Meet.”

Ge­or­gia Voice spoke with “Bet­ter Way To Meet” con­sul­tant Lamont Scales on what sets “Bet­ter Way To Meet” apart from other ser­vices and why At­lanta gay and bi­sex­ual men could ben­e­fit.

Ge­or­gia Voice: Tell us about the con­cept for “Bet­ter Way To Meet.”

BW2M:

“Bet­ter Way to Meet” (BW2M) was launched on Oc­to­ber 6, 2014, by two friends who were weary of us­ing mo­bile apps and online for­mats to meet guys. BW2M’s con­cept is pretty sim­ple: Old fash­ioned match­mak­ing for gay men look­ing for love. BW2M clients meet with a con­sul­tant face to face, where they are screened and coun­seled. There are no apps or online pro­files to scroll through, be­cause the BW2M con­sul­tant does the match­ing for each client. Clients are matched and sent on in­ter­ac­tive dates (e.g. rock climb­ing, samba danc­ing, cook­ing class, etc.).

What size is the staff? Is there a phys­i­cal lo­ca­tion?

Cur­rently, BW2M has one full-time staff mem­ber and uses con­trac­tors to re­cruit new clients and as­sist with match­ing clients. BW2M clients meet with their con­sul­tant at lo­cal eater­ies in At­lanta (e.g. Star­bucks, Pan­era Bread, and Ein­stein’s). Clients re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the re­laxed at­mos­phere.

Oc­to­ber 16, 2015

“If you want a quick en­counter that may only last for one night, by all means, con­tinue to use mo­bile apps. Mo­bile apps are great for meet­ing guys quickly for adult fun! How­ever, if you are search­ing for a more mean­ing­ful, safe and fun way to meet guys, then you should def­i­nitely con­sider BW2M.”

—Lamont Scales, con­sul­tant of ‘Bet­ter Way To Meet’

What sets it apart from other dat­ing ser­vices?

BW2M meets with ev­ery client face to face to make sure each client is ready to be in a healthy re­la­tion­ship. BW2M has a cre­den­tialed pro­fes­sional coun­selor on staff, and is the only match­mak­ing ser­vice owned and op­er­ated ex­clu­sively by gay men in At­lanta.

Is the ser­vice con­fi­den­tial?

Yes, the ser­vice is con­fi­den­tial. We re­spect our clients’ pri­vacy by not al­low­ing po­ten­tial clients to scroll through a cat­a­log of our clients. A BW2M con­sul­tant does the se­lect­ing, and ob­tains per­mis­sion from a client be­fore shar­ing his in­for­ma­tion with a po­ten­tial match. Also, we only share our clients’ first name with po­ten­tial matches, so it makes it very hard to do a quick Face­book or Google search for the per­son.

How many clients are cur­rently us­ing the ser­vice?

As of Oc­to­ber 2015, BW2M has over 300 clients utiliz­ing the ser­vice with an 80-85 per­cent suc­cess rate. We de­fine suc­cess as two clients who are still dat­ing or in­ter­act­ing af­ter their ini­tial date.

What can a new client ex­pect dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion phase?

Dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion phase, most ‘Bet­ter Way To Meet’ avoids the mun­dane and spe­cial­izes in in­ter­ac­tive dates for clien­tele. (Cour­tesy photo) clients feel like they are dat­ing their con­sul­tant, be­cause we [BW2M] re­ally get to know our clients in­ti­mately to as­sist with find­ing the right match. An ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion is free of charge and typ­i­cally lasts about 45– 60 min­utes while hav­ing a cup of tea or adult bev­er­age. Af­ter­wards, clients are sched­uled for their first date. Clients don’t pay any fees un­til a match is found for them.

Dat­ing apps are ex­tremely pop­u­lar among gay/bi­sex­ual men. Should gay/ bi­sex­ual men give more con­sid­er­a­tion to ser­vices like “Bet­ter Way To Meet?”

If you want a quick en­counter that may only last for one night, by all means, con­tinue to use mo­bile apps. Mo­bile apps are great for meet­ing guys quickly for adult fun! How­ever, if you are search­ing for a more mean­ing­ful, safe, and fun way to meet guys, then you should def­i­nitely con­sider BW2M. BW2M al­lows guys to de­velop gen­uine re­la­tion­ships that are long last­ing and ful­fill­ing.

What is your ad­vice to a po­ten­tial client who might be on the fence about try­ing a dat­ing ser­vice?

Are you still sin­gle? If yes, try a ser­vice that will set you up for suc­cess! If you try the ser­vice, you’re al­most guar­an­teed to meet a hand­some guy who you would not have met out­side of the ser­vice, while hav­ing a great first date!

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